Beginning volunteer work in Wakabayashi Sendai（March 30）
Many volunteers from all over the country are now gathering at the Disaster Relief Center as we our accommodation of out of town volunteers is in full swing. In addition, Sendai students who had evacuated or returned home are starting to come back to the Center.
Yesterday (29th) we started our volunteer work in Ishinomaki, and today (30th) we started volunteer activities in Wakabayashi ward in Sendai.
Our work site is a 30-minute bicycle ride from the Center. Today’s work involved carrying out mud and personal belongings from houses damaged by the tsunami.
Even areas as far as 2 kilometers from the coast were struck by a 1 meter tsunami, and even after the water has receded, there remains about 20 centimeters of mud.
This work was done by 3 students from the Sendai Student Center, 5 members of a team from Tokyo (a combined group from Student Christian Fellowship and UCCJ Nishi Tokyo Church) and one student from Doshisha University, and from the afternoon, 5 young people from Waseda Hoshien Yuai Gakusha and Waseda University YMCA joined in, making a total of 14 members working.
It was considerably difficult work, which led us to realize the magnitude of the tsunami damage.
Work in the community is still not being done by the Ward Volunteer Center, and those who suffered (many are elderly) and are staying emergency shelters, are “commuting” to their homes to remove mud and organize their possessions.
“We need as many hands as possible. Please keep coming”, is what they said.
It is difficult, dirty and dangerous work, but please consider coming to labor with us to help support those who have suffered from this disaster. We welcome you to volunteer with us.
（Loading supplies and departing from the Center）
Volunteer work at Miyagino ward Volunteer Center At present in Sendai, the Social Welfare Council bridges government and residents, through 4 Disaster Volunteer Centers. We went today（29th）to the volunteer center in Miyagino Ward, and the 7 of us did the following work.
Helping those move out of Sendai：There are elderly people living alone who have had to move away from Sendai. We helped them sort their belongings, and dispose of things. A great amount of electrical items, furniture, and rubble are piled up as “earthquake garbage”.
Cleaning houses：We helped clean the home of a disabled woman who lives alone.Many people said they want someone to talk with, and I sensed that it is not only the work we are asked to do, but also communication that is important.
Providing information on emergency loans
Need for mid to long term support
The people we visited are not those who are left without any means of life, but many of them are in a vulnerable position in society, and the disaster has accentuated their difficulties. With the prolonged effects of the disaster, the type of support we gave today will become greater.
Yuusuke Yoshioka and Kimiko Akita（SCF Volunteer）
(Earthquake garbage dump・The scene at Hinodecho Park）